SUMNER — Fire Chief Bob Stewart and West Paris Chief Norm St. Pierre conducted Jaws of Life training Sunday at the West Paris Fire Station.

Fire crews cut up four automobiles to learn how to safely open wrecked cars to remove trapped occupants without causing injury.

Lead trainer for the five-hour event was Auburn firefighter Eric Poland. He was assisted by Paris firefighter Troy Billings.

Stewart said the $19,000 Jaws of Life set was purchased with money raised by the Sumner Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Through various fundraisers over the years, the group has purchased the Jaws of Life, built a LifeFlight helicopter pad at the fire station and purchased a $1,000 chain saw capable of sawing through mobile homes, among other support and supply projects for the Fire Department.

Seed money for the Jaws of Life fund came from the parents of a Buckfield Junior/Senior High School student killed in a school bus/automobile accident several years ago, Stewart said.

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